Mosquito-borne virus threat grows with new Michigan cases

iStock(NEW YORK) — Michigan health officials amped up their warning about a rare mosquito-borne virus Tuesday, after the state’s Department of Health and Human Services confirmed four new cases of Eastern equine encephalitis disease (EEE). Two of the state’s seven cases so far this year were fatal.

“Michigan is currently experiencing its worst Eastern equine encephalitis outbreak in more than a decade,” Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, chief medical executive and chief deputy for health said in a statement.

“The ongoing cases reported in humans and animals and the severity of this disease illustrate the importance of taking precautions against mosquito bites.”

There are typically about seven cases of EEE reported each year in the U.S., according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, with those cases tending to be clustered along the Eastern Seaboard and in the Great Lakes regions.

In addition to Michigan, a handful of states, including New York, Florida, North Carolina, Georgia and Massachusetts have seen an uptick in cases, bringing this year’s total to 73.

Last year there were only six cases reported nationwide.

EEE is transmitted by mosquitoes, usually in swampy areas where mosquitoes breed, so people who spend time working or participating in outdoor activities are at higher risk for contracting EEE. The disease cannot be transmitted from person to person. Symptoms of EEE include chills, fever, fatigue, and joint and muscle pain, which tend to set in around four to 10 days after being bitten by an infected mosquito.

About 30% of people who develop the disease will die of the infection and among those who survive, many will experience neurological problems, ranging from seizures to intellectual impairment to personality disorders, according to the CDC.

To avoid being bitten, health officials recommend using mosquito repellent containing DEET and wearing long-sleeved shirts and pants while outdoors, as well as emptying standing water around the home to reduce mosquito breeding grounds.

Health officials don’t know exactly what’s causing the uptick, since unlike more prevalent mosquito-borne infections, like West Nile virus, there’s not much research on what causes mosquitoes to carry EEE in a given year, a Michigan health department spokesperson explained.

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New Jersey referee suspended after forcing teen wrestler to cut dreadlocks or forfeit match

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iStock(BUENA, N.J.) — A New Jersey referee who forced a black teenager to cut his dreadlocks or forfeit a wrestling match was suspended on Wednesday, concluding a months-long racial bias investigation.

The white referee at the center of the December incident was suspended from the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association for two years and other officials were ordered to undergo anti-bias training to “help prevent such discrimination in the future,” according to the state’s attorney general.

Video of the incident sparked outrage online, showing Andrew Johnson — a 16-year-old wrestler at South Jersey’s Buena Regional High School — wincing as a gloved staff member chopped his locs on the mat. New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy even tweeted about the video when it surfaced, saying “no student should have to needlessly choose between his or her identity & playing sports.”

Johnson was wearing his usual headgear and covering, but the referee said it was not in compliance with rules by the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association.

“Student athletes should be able to compete with each other on a level playing field,” said New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal said in a statement Wednesday. “Racial discrimination in the enforcement of the rules of any sport is inconsistent with the spirit of fair play.”

He said the ruling, handed down by his office’s civil rights division, “makes it less likely that any student athlete will have to endure discrimination that not only undermines fair competition but also violates our state laws.”

Grewal’s office also issued new “Guidance on Race Discrimination Based on Hairstyle” to explain how treating someone differently based on a hairstyle could violate the state’s anti-discrimination laws, according to the statement.

The guidance states that discrimination on the basis of race includes discrimination based on a trait “inextricably intertwined with or closely associated with race,” including hairstyle. It also clarifies that policies that ban, limit or restrict hairstyles closely associated with being black or having black ancestry — including twists and locs — may violate New Jersey law, the statement said.

The office did not release the referee’s name in its statement, but ABC’s Philadelphia affiliate WPVI-TV identified him as Anthony Maloney, who it said was previously accused of calling a fellow referee the N-word during an argument in 2016.

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Posted On 18 Sep 2019

NYS Assemblyman Doug Smith LIVE on LI in the AM!

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Posted On 18 Sep 2019

Reports of sexual abuse, misconduct in Olympic sports up 55% from last year

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ccahill/iStock(NEW YORK) — Reports of sexual abuse and misconduct rose 55% from a year ago, according to a national Olympic sports oversight center.

The U.S. Center for SafeSport, founded by the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee in 2017 to investigate sex-abuse claims in Olympic sports, said it receives about 239 reports a month, compared with 154 during an average month in 2018, a spokesperson confirmed to ABC News Tuesday.

It currently has 1,290 open cases, with 2,237 that have been closed since its inception in March 2017, underscoring its need for more funding and better staffing, officials said.

In the most-prominent case of sexual abuse, former U.S. gymnastics trainer Larry Nassar pleaded guilty to sexually abusing gymnasts under his medical care over many years. Dozens of other high-profile gymnasts, including Aly Raisman, Gabby Douglas and McKayla Maroney, all former Olympic gold medalists, also accused him of abuse.

He was sentenced last year to 40 to 175 years in jail in just one case, but was also sentenced to jail for possession of child pornography.

The case has prompted firings, resignations and changes across the U.S. Olympic Committee and safeguards such as SafeSport.

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Posted On 18 Sep 2019

Scoreboard roundup — 9/17/19

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iStock(NEW YORK) — Here are the scores from Tuesday’s sports events:

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

INTERLEAGUE
Seattle 6, Pittsburgh 0
San Francisco 7, Boston 6 — 15 innings
LA Dodgers 7, Tampa Bay 5

AMERICAN LEAGUE

NY Yankees 8, LA Angels 0
Cleveland 7, Detroit 2
Toronto 8, Baltimore 5
Houston 4, Texas 1
Minnesota 9, Chi White Sox 8 — 12 innings
Oakland 2, Kansas City 1

NATIONAL LEAGUE
Milwaukee 3, San Diego 1
Philadelphia 5, Atlanta 4
Washington 6, St. Louis 2
Cincinnati 4, Chi Cubs 2
NY Mets 6, Colorado 1
Miami 12, Arizona 6

WOMEN’S NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION PLAYOFFS
Connecticut 84, Los Angeles 75
Washington 97, Las Vegas 95

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Posted On 18 Sep 2019